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      Amanda
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      Covid has brought a great deal of attention to some racial inequalities, including in healthcare. An African-American is more likely to die from COVID than a Caucasian American. Of course I started to wonder about ALS. I know that some risk factors include genetic mutations, military service and repeated trauma to the head and neck.  I didn’t recall seeing race as a risk factor.  The statistics indicate that people of Caucasian decent make up more than 75% of ALS cases. (different article had different percentages).  ALS is more common in males than females, and the average age of onset is in the 50s. I know there are always outliers and  stats get updated and vary on the sample.

      https://www.als.org/navigating-als/resources/fyi-epidemiology-als-and-suspected-clusters  

      check out this website for more information.

      Did your doctor discuss any of the risk factors with you? Have you completed genetic testing?

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